Exploring The Ice House
Just as I was back from my detox retreat we were invited down to check out the Ice House Hotel in Mayo which we very enthusiastically accepted. For a short break there's nothing nicer than staying closer to home and avoiding crowded airports. Leaving on a Friday is a tricky thing to time right but we managed to leave shortly after 2.30 and it took us just over 3 hours to get there.
There are four Heritage suites in the hotel that are from the original building that have antique furniture and an old-world style and the others are decorated in a more contemporary way. We were blown away by the space, peace and attention to detail. Little things like having a tea station in the room meant we could enjoy the space. The riverside view is so stunning and simply sitting and enjoying it was so peaceful and relaxing.
The Activities Available and Spa
On the first evening we went for a walk along the riverside and it was so beautiful and peaceful. We passed by some local pubs which people on the trip went to to watch the match in also. Some people went to Enniscrone Beach which is a short drive away and a spectacular beach.
The spa has 7 treatment rooms as well as a sauna, steam, rainforest shower and 2 incredible hot tubs outside overlooking the river. The hot tubs are so warm it was like being in a bath and the view is incredible!
On the Saturday the hotel arranged for us to go Paddle Boarding on the River Moy. It was actually easier than I had thought initially and I was standing up on it after a few minutes. The current was very strong that day so paddling up-stream was quite tough and I came in a little earlier than the rest of the group but Andrew said it was amazing and a great workout too. Afterwards we had a whiskey appreciation class with Rachel's Irish Adventures. Rachel was so cool and genuinely passionate and just a fun person to be around. Definitely if you wanted a group activity I would recommend looking up her site as she does loads of adventure trips and hillwalking and cycling and she knows so much about the craft of whiskey so she would take you to the good spots!
For every meal there was a vegan menu with several options and even on the breakfast menu they had a vegan pudding which Andrew commented tasted very similar to the real thing. The setting of the restaurant is amazing and be sure to try and book a table by the window if possible. On the first night we ate barfood and it was fabulous. I almost prefer the informality of eating a bit more casually but there is also an a la carte menu as well for something a bit more special.
We checked out feeling refreshed, well fed and also revived from all the fresh country air.